Online business analytics programs – flexible, focused, and short – are popping up across the country. Every degree is different, so we recommend a good, hard look at all the school’s curriculum, instructors, and the program’s outcomes. These programs blend topics and concepts from data science, business intelligence, statistics, computer science, and big data and are geared toward business applications. Read on to learn more about how to find the right program for you.
Curriculum and Program Length
Many online programs offer the same courses students take on campus. Students earning their masters in business analytics come from different educational backgrounds and typically want to learn how to improve business decision making. Generally, students learn advanced analytics techniques to transform data into business insights and how to convey these insights to leaders in their organization. Some of the skills graduates add to their resumes include:
- R for statistical analysis
- Data mining
- Decision analysis
- Predictive modeling
- Unsupervised learning
- Big data tools (e.g. Apache, MapReduce, Linux)
- Dynamic programming
- Demand forecasting and data analysis
The amount of time it takes to complete these programs varies. Some students complete their masters online in as little as 12 months and others may take up to 18 months or 2 years depending on how many credits they take, their personal preferences, and time commitment. Many programs give students the option to complete the program part-time or full-time. A full-time commitment usually takes less time to complete.
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How to Choose an Online Business Analytics Program
Though an online MBA or masters of science in business administration (MSBA) could be comparable fiscally to an on-campus degree, you may still want a solid ROI. Along with a university’s overall reputation, the time commitment, and the cost, here are a few other things to consider when choosing a distance learning program:
- Will an online master’s degree in business analytics advance my career? Does it prepare you for industry certifications? Does it allow you to apply for executive-level jobs? Do you want to specialize in a specific field and become a business analyst or become a marketing analyst?
- How do the analytics courses apply to my current work? Strong degrees will find ways to blend your “on-the-ground” experiences with your online coursework. You want to be solving business problems, not just playing with numbers.
- What kinds of business analysis projects do online students work on? Use LinkedIn profiles to explore the websites of alumni. Find their GitHub code. At the end of the degree, you should have measurable assets to show employers.
- Are the other resources I’ll be exposed to helpful? Find out what software and programs you’ll be using. Explore the research centers connected to the degree. The aim is to be exposed to the latest technologies and discoveries in your chosen field.
- Do online faculty have useful ties to business? Check their profiles to discover a) if they consult or work part-time for companies b) if they’re involved in public/private research partnerships c) if they have specific business domain strengths (e.g. industrial engineering).
- Who will you meet and how will you meet them? Making new contacts is a major plus of a business analytics degree. Does the format include chatrooms and virtual conferences? Can you talk to guest speakers that you respect?
- Where do alumni of online business analytics programs get jobs? LinkedIn is your friend here. You can search for the program’s name to find out if graduates are working in your kind of dream career (or not).
On Campus vs Online Learning Experience
If you’re unsure about an online degree, we lay out specific benefits of distance learning in our article on learning data science online. Main takeaways for pursuing a degree online are lower cost, more flexibility, and access to a variety of degree options that may not be available where you live. Another added benefit is that new technology has allowed many online programs to mimic on campus learning!
Online Masters vs Graduate Certificates vs Short Courses
As technology advances, there are now more options than ever to choose from and you may be wondering what the best option is to learn business analytics online. Some options include completing a master’s program, earning a graduate certificate, or taking a short course.
An Online Master’s Degree in Business Analytics is an advanced graduate degree that shows a high level of mastery in business analytics. These courses are designed to reflect the on campus experience online. A master’s degree has a broader focus and leverages systematic training with core and elective courses, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding in a field of study. It takes the most amount of time to complete and students typically earn their degree within a year and a half to two years. However, completing graduate level work in business analytics will improve your credibility in the field. Make sure you review the school’s admissions requirements before you apply. Master’s programs are a great option for students who want to explore a new area of study within their field, completely change their career, or deepen their understanding of business analytics.
Some universities offer online graduate certificates, which are not the same as a master’s degree. Going for a certificate program is a relatively shorter way to receive specialization in a field you’re already familiar with. It typically requires 12-24 credit hours to complete and many can be completed in less than 9 months. A certificate may also help students prepare for graduate level work or could help a recent graduate from a STEM background break into business analytics. In some cases, students can opt to earn a certificate while enrolled in a master’s program at the same time.
Short courses vary with a range of subjects. It takes the least amount of time and can usually be completed in less than eight weeks. Some courses are more introductory while others are more advanced, so it’s important to consider what you already know and what you really want to learn about. After you complete a short course, some schools provide a certificate of participation, which is proof that you’ve finished the course, but it’s not the equivalent to a graduate certificate or master’s degree. You may want to consider a short course in business analytics if you only need to refresh your skills or expand your knowledge.
Although, this page focuses on online business analytics programs, you can find online programs in closely related areas on other pages as well as a break down on differences between data analytics and business analytics on our site:
Online Master's in Business Analytics Programs
We found 52 universities in our directory offering online Master's in Business Analytics or online MS in Analytics degrees. Detailed profiles of each program appear below.
View the full list of Master's in Business Analytics / MS in Analytics programs (including all the on-campus programs).
Analytics@American is the online Master of Science in Analytics (MSAn) from American University's Kogod School of Business. Through a combination of collaborative online classes, self-paced coursework, and hands-on learning experiences, Analytics@American students become experts in evidence-based data gathering, data modeling, and quantitative analysis. They will also learn how to implement these tools to make strong business decisions and provide organizations with competitive advantages. Program coursework builds a foundation in data-related business practices, and students then have the option to focus their studies by selecting from three specially designed concentrations: Business Foundations, Cybersecurity, Financial Analytics, and Marketing Analytics. Classes are designed and led by Kogod faculty members who take a student-centered, team-based approach to delivering a world-class business education. Analytics@American does not require GMAT or GRE scores to apply.
American University offers an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics that students can complete primarily online. MBA candidates must take part in at least two immersion sessions during the program. Immersions last three to four days each. At least one immersion session is held in Washington, D.C., annually, with the others taking place in a variety of U.S. and international cities. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must submit two letters of recommendation. The university does not require GRE or GMAT scores, but admissions decisions take into account factors such as an applicant's GPA, relevant work experience, and any advanced degrees. The program has four start dates each year, and students must complete 48 credits to earn the degree.
Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Business offers a Master of Science in Business Analytics delivered 100% online. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months, gaining expertise in areas such as information systems, data modeling, and predictive analytics. The curriculum includes core courses in topics such as data analysis and decision making, business analytics, accounting analytics, marketing analytics, financial analytics and management science. Students can use electives to tailor the program to match their personal and career goals. Applicants to the program must have a bachelor's degree and at least a year of full-time professional experience. Experienced professionals may qualify for a GMAT waiver.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MBA@UNC, The top-ranked online MBA program from UNC Kenan-Flagler, enables ambitious working professionals around the world to earn an elite MBA. Through the use of innovative technologies and real-world immersive experiences, MBA@UNC blends the flexibility of a global online program with the rigor, quality and classroom interaction of a top-20 business school. This innovative program offers students the chance to: Develop the strategic insights to lead top organizations, learn from expert faculty in face-to-face online classes, participate in in-person weekend immersions in cities all over the world, and select a concentration in Data Analytics and Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, or Strategy and Consulting. UNC Kenan-Flagler and its online MBA program were both top-ranked in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.
American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University's Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (MSBIA) is offered in an entirely online format. Online classes run for eight weeks and incorporate weekly online discussion forums. Classes start monthly, allowing students to enter the program at any time. The MSBIA is a 36-credit program, and students are allowed to earn up to 18 of those credits through prior life experience credit and transfer of credit from another university. Required courses cover topics such as data analytics, business performance management, customer relationship management, data storage, and strategic management of technology and innovation. Students must complete a capstone research project to earn the degree. Applicants to the program must have earned a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 from an accredited college or university. American Sentinel has a career resource center that helps students and alumni prepare resumes, sharpen interview skills and search for jobs.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University offers an online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BA) that allows students to earn the degree in 16 months. The 100 percent online program is designed for working professionals who want to continue to work full time while taking classes. Applicants should have a degree in math, science, technology or engineering and be proficient in statistics, calculus, programming and Excel. The program starts in January, and students take one five-week course at a time. The curriculum includes 10 courses and ends with an applied project. Topics covered include enterprise and applied analytics, data mining, data-driven quality management, and marketing analytics. The MS-BA program is designated as a STEM program by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and international students who complete the degree are eligible to work in the U.S. for 29 months after they graduate. Arizona State University offers a variety of online and on-campus career resources.
Auburn University's online Master of Business Administration offers a concentration in Business Analytics. The online MBA program allows students to attend class via livestreaming, or they may choose to view class content at a time that is convenient for them. New online MBA students are encouraged to attend orientation on campus before beginning the coursework, but attendance at orientation is not required. The MBA curriculum includes eight core courses and four electives that students take to fulfill the requirements for the concentration. In the capstone course, students work together to provide consultation to real businesses. Auburn's MBA program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. The online program is open only to residents of the United States and members of the U.S. military. Auburn is a Preferred School Partner for The Boeing Company's Learning Together program.
Bellevue University offers a fully online program leading to a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Online students can access classwork at their convenience, and they also can chat online with classmates and instructors in real time. To earn the M.S-Business Analytics degree, students must complete 12 courses, including five business foundation courses, three information systems foundation courses, and four business analytics courses. Business analytics courses cover topics such as SAS programming for business analytics, enterprise data, and data mining applications. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work or must have maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 for graduate work. Bellevue offers career services in person and online for students and alumni.
Boston University offers a completely online Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics Management (MSABAM). The program has an interdisciplinary curriculum that covers analytical functions in areas such as marketing, management, finance, operations, and innovation. The online program is set up so that students take one course at a time and can complete the program in as little as two years. Students may enter the program at six points during the year. To earn the degree, students must complete six core courses, four courses in the analytics specialization, and two electives. Before taking the required course in business analytics foundations, students may be required to take a seven-week, non-credit pre-analytics laboratory class online if they don't have the required knowledge of probability, statistics, and tools for working with data. Students who earn the MSABAM can return to BU within four years to add a graduate certificate to their credentials.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University offers the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) track of its Master of Science in Information Technology program in a part-time, online format. Students can complete the degree completely online, viewing campus lectures with on-demand streaming at a time of their choice. The program may include some live components, such as a web conference with a guest speaker. To earn the degree, students must complete 144 units of coursework, which is equivalent to 12 semester-long classes. Requirements include 60 units of core classes and 84 units in electives. Students may do independent study for up to 12 units of electives, and they may transfer credits worth 24 units from other graduate programs. Applicants to the BIDA program must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in a related field, an undergraduate-level object-oriented programming class, and the ability to synthesize complex concepts.
Carnegie Mellon University offers students a part-time online program leading to a Master of Science in Information Technology - Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. The program is designed for experienced IT professionals who want to increase their skills and continue to work while studying. Applicants should have at least three years of full-time professional experience in a relevant field. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school, and they must have completed at least one class in object-oriented programming. Once admitted, students must complete the required 144 units of course credit within five years. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer term, and there is no requirement to attend any meetings on campus.
Students who enroll in the online Master of Science in Data Analytics degree program through Clarkson University may be able to complete the degree in as little as a year. The curriculum requires students to complete 33 credits, including five core classes, four electives, and a capstone. For their capstone, students work in teams on a sponsored project, such as a data-driven project for a non-profit organization. Applicants to Clarkson's Graduate School must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must submit a resume, statement of purpose, three recommendations, official transcripts, and GRE scores.
The Clemson MBA in Business Analytics follows a blended format that combines online classes with a requirement for students to be on campus in Greenville, South Carolina, for two weekends per semester. The weekend sessions run from Friday through Sunday. The part-time program can be completed in two years. The 36-credit degree includes a mandatory internship at the end of the program. MBA applicants must submit a personal statement, transcripts from previous college work, a resume, two references, and GMAT scores. Applicants may also be contacted for a personal interview. The MBA in Business Analytics only offers a fall start date.
Columbia University in the City of New York
Columbia University's School of Professional Studies has introduced a Master of Science in Applied Analytics program with an online option. The program is built around three week-long courses held on the Columbia campus in New York City, where students will network and hear guest lecturers. Between those courses, students take courses online. The program accepts students only for fall entry, and students may attend on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the 36-credit program in three terms and part-time students can finish in six terms. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 and must demonstrate leadership and critical thinking skills. Students may submit GRE or GMAT scores to help make their case for admission.
Dakota State University
Dakota State University offers an entirely online Master of Science in Analytics that allows students to choose an optional track in healthcare analytics, information systems, or general business. Applicants to the program must have maintained at least a 2.7 GPA while earning a bachelor's degree from an accredited college. Their college transcript should show they completed classes in programming principles, database design and programming including SQL, and statistical principles. Students who do not meet those educational requirements may be required to take additional foundational courses. To earn the degree, students must take six core classes, two required classes in predictive analytics and advanced data mining applications, and two electives in their specialty area. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semester, and they may take classes as full-time or part-time students. Students must complete the degree requirements within five years of joining the program.
Deakin University in Australia has a Master of Business Analytics program that is offered online to students who live outside of Australia. International students living in Australia must enroll in mostly courses delivered on campus. Students who enroll full time can complete the program in one and a half to two years, but part-time options are available. Admission is based on academic merit as shown by an applicant's academic record. All applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree. Students must take 12 core courses and four electives. Students can use the electives to delve in depth into a subject or sector. All candidates must complete an integrative capstone in which they produce a piece of applied research.
Full Sail University
Full Sail University offers a completely online Master of Science in Business Intelligence that students can complete in one year by taking one course each month. The courses are laid out in an order that results in students receiving their capstone business case in Month 3. In the courses that follow, students will gain the knowledge necessary to develop a project plan, data warehouse, final report and presentation they will deliver in the capstone class at the end of their year of studies. Courses cover topics such as data management, business intelligence technology and analytics, data mining, process modeling, and data visualization. Applicants to the program must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA while earning an undergraduate degree in a field related to business intelligence. Students in the online-only degree program must also complete an orientation module and online readiness evaluation before beginning the course of study.
Golden Gate University-San Francisco
Golden Gate University has a fully online option for its program leading to a Master of Science in Business Analytics. The curriculum requires students to take a foundation course in data analysis for managers, six core courses, and six advanced courses, including a capstone project. For the capstone, students do a project based on a case study, or they may develop a project for their employer using actual data from their organization. Applicants are selected based on their academic record, statement of purpose, and resume. Students may start the program in the summer, spring, or fall semester. The university's advisory board for this program includes representatives from Oracle, Deloitte, GE Digital, and Johnson & Johnson.
Grantham University offers a completely online Master of Science in Business Intelligence with multiple start times throughout the year. The program requires students to complete 37 credits, including 12 required courses and a one-credit Graduate Student Success class. Required courses cover topics such as balanced scorecards and performance dashboards, decision support and intelligent systems, management of information systems, and data warehousing. To earn the degree, students must complete a capstone project in business intelligence where they apply their knowledge to a real-world issue. Students are encouraged to select a work-related project that will benefit their company and help them to grow professionally. Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Grantham accepts transfer credits and may grant credit for other experiences, such as military experience and employer courses. The college offers an online jobs portal and online employer information sessions for students and alumni.
IE School of Human Sciences and Technology
The IE School of Human Sciences and Technology offers a Global Master in Business Analytics and Big Data that is offered in a hybrid format. All instruction is in English, and classes include synchronous videoconferences on Saturdays and participation in online forums. Students must attend face-to-face meetings in Madrid three times, for a total of five weeks, and one week of meetings in Dubai during the program. The 17-month program begins in January and runs for 17 months. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and should have a background in business, technology, or a quantitative field. Applicants must submit transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores, two recommendations, and required essays. An interview is mandatory and can be in-person or via Skype.
Indiana University Bloomington
The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University offers a 30-credit online Master of Science in Business Analytics that students can complete in as little as 15 months. Topics covered include quantitative analysis, data warehousing and visualization, simulation and optimization, business econometrics, and predictive analytics. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in a related field, such as business, economics, statistics, information technology or engineering. Students can only enter the program in the fall semester, and they can attend classes as full-time or part-time students as long as they complete the coursework within a five-year period. Online classes are offered in four terms a year. The fall, winter and spring terms are 12 weeks and the summer term lasts 11 weeks. Indiana University also offers an online dual degree program that allows students to earn the M.S. in Business Analytics and an MBA with 63 credits, rather than the 81 credits needed to achieve both degrees separately.
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, in Ireland, offers an online program leading to a Master of Science in Computer in Applied Data Science and Analytics. Courses in this program have a live lecture component, delivered via Adobe Connect, and an asynchronous component of recorded lectures and other resources. The program is designed to meet the needs of two different groups. Students who are new to the discipline will follow a track that requires six taught course modules and a research project. Students who have a background in data science enter a track that requires three courses and more time in research modules. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in computing, IT, or a similar field. Applicants should have an undergrad GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Iowa State University
The Master of Business Analytics program at Iowa State University is interdisciplinary and blends elements of computer science, statistics, electrical and computer engineering, and systems engineering. The 30-credit program runs for 21 months, and students enter the program in the summer with a one-week, on-campus overview course. Most courses are delivered online, but students must come to campus about halfway through the program, and again at the end of the program, when they complete the team capstone project. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a technical field and at least two years of work experience in a job related to data analytics. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, but the university does not require GMAT or GRE scores.
Jacksonville University's Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics degree helps students with a technical background gain business and analytic skills to enter the field of business analytics. The 35-credit curriculum includes 12 core courses and a capstone course that requires students working in teams to review an organization's business analytics. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, and the college recommends at least three years of relevant work experience. Applicants must submit official transcripts, a personal goals essay, and a resume. GMAT or GRE scores are required for applicants without three years of work experience, 3.0 GPA, or degree from an AACSB-accredited institution. The program has multiple start dates, and online courses are offered in eight-week sessions. Students can complete the degree in two years.
The Master of Science in Business Analytics program at Lewis University is available in a completely online format for students who want to concentrate in Marketing Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, or Operations Analytics. The Financial Analytics concentration is only offered at the Lewis campus in Romeoville, Illinois. Content in the M.S. program focuses on both business and information technology and includes experience using current tools for data mining and analysis. The online program features eight-week courses, and classes have a limited enrollment to enhance interaction. Students also have 24/7 access to Lewis University's CloudLab, connecting students to virtual machines so they can perform hands-on programming and database management assignments from any location. The virtual lab, which was recently upgraded with federal grant money, can support up to 100 users at a time as students perform exercises such as high-speed trading simulations. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
The John E. Simon College of Business at Maryville University has an online program leading to a Master of Science in Business Data Analytics. This is a 30-credit program that requires students to complete nine courses plus a capstone. Full-time students can complete their degree in one year, and part-time students can earn their master's in two years. Graduates are prepared to take the certification exams for Microsoft SQL Server and AZURE. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a GPA of at least 3.0 for full admission. Students with GPAs as low as 2.5 may receive conditional admission. Maryville does not require GMAT or GRE scores or letters of recommendation. The program has three start points each year.
The Master of Science in Business Analytics at Mercer University is a hybrid program that combines online work with Saturday meetings at the Mercer campus in Atlanta. The program uses a cohort model to encourage networking and collaboration. New cohorts start the 15-month program in January. Spring and fall semesters are divided into two shorter terms, and students also take classes over the summer. The degree requires at least 30 credits and students without a business background may have to take additional classes. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a competitive GPA, but they are not required to have majored in business. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores, a resume, and transcripts from previous schools.
Merrimack College's Master of Science in Business Analytics is offered fully online. The program requires students to complete eight units, and students can earn their degree in about 15 months. For their capstone project, students are paired with a partner company in an industry that interests the student. The student is tasked to analyze and develop insights from social media or digital marketing data the company supplies. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a quantitative field, such as engineering or another STEM discipline They are also required to have at least two years of relevant business experience. Documents required for the application process include transcripts, resume, personal statement, and two recommendations. Students may enter the program at six points during the year.
Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies offers a Master of Professional Studies in Analytics that can be completed entirely online. The curriculum requires students to complete at least 45 quarter hours, including 24 quarter hours in core courses and 15 quarter credits in electives. Students also take an experiential learning course and complete an experiential capstone, each for three credits. Full-time students can complete the degree in one year, and part-time students can finish in two years. Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree and must submit a resume, transcripts, two recommendations, and a statement of purpose detailing their educational goals.
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Notre Dame of Maryland University offers a Master of Science in Analytics in Knowledge Management, a multidisciplinary program that involves elements of math, economics, and computer science. To earn the degree, students must complete 36 credits, all in required courses. The curriculum includes 24 credits in computer science, six credits in math, and six credits in economics. Students can earn their degree in two years by taking two courses per semester, including summers. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college. They are required to submit official transcripts, resume, and an admissions essay. The school uses a rolling admissions policy. This program is offered online.
Ohio University offers an online MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics. Students in the program are required to attend one professional development workshop that is held over a long weekend (Friday through Sunday) on the campus in Athens, Ohio. The MBA program lasts for six semesters, with each semester consisting of two seven-week terms. Students take one course each term. Most classes are offered asynchronously, but students may occasionally be required to log in at a set time for a live lecture session. Students specializing in business analytics take core MBA courses and courses in predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, and data management and business intelligence. Applicants to the program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and must have maintained a 3.0 GPA during their undergraduate career. The program does not require GMAT scores, but applicants should have two to five years of professional experience.
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
The online version of Oklahoma State University's Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) is open to working professionals who have the required prerequisites, including programming skills (C, C#, C++, Java, SQL or Python), knowledge of basic statistics and probability, and basic business knowledge. The program director reviews all previous courses and experience to determine eligibility. Students may enter the distance-learning program in the spring or fall semester. Online students must complete 33 credits, including 21 credits in core classes along with electives. Students can use electives to gain SAS and OSU certificates in data mining, predictive analytics, or marketing data science. The MSBA, housed in the department of marketing, is an interdisciplinary program that blends coursework in analytics, marketing, statistics, business, MIS and industrial engineering. Oklahoma State has partnered with SAS, which has several representatives on the program's corporate advisory board, and students get hands-on experience with enterprise level software from SAS.
Oregon State University
Oregon State University has an online Master of Science in Data Analytics that is open to career changers and analytics professionals looking for advanced skills. The 45-credit program includes core courses in statistics and computer science. The electives can be used for an option in health analytics if a student desires. Applicants must submit transcripts, a resume, and three recommendations. The program does not require GRE or GMAT scores. To be admitted, students must have passed an undergraduate statistics courses and should understand study design, probability distribution, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. The master's program uses a cohort format, and cohorts enter the program only in the fall.
Oregon State University has an MBA with a track in business analytics. Oregon State's MBA uses a hybrid format, with about 80 percent of coursework delivered online and the other 20 percent requiring on-campus participation. Most courses require students to be on campus two or three times during an 11-week term, for a total of six hours. The MBA program requires students to complete 60 credits, including an integrated business analytics project that requires student teams to create an analytics solution for a real organization. The online program is for part-time students, who can complete it in about 30 months. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any subject. Those with a business degree can enter an accelerated MBA program.
Pace University-New York
Pace University's Seidenberg School of CSIS offers a Master of Science in Enterprise Analytics that students can complete in two years. The 30-credit curriculum includes nine credits in core foundational courses, nine credits in major requirements, nine credits in electives, and a three-credit capstone project. For their capstone, students use their analytic skills to solve a specific enterprise problem. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college. No prerequisites are listed. The admissions committee considers a student's academic achievement, leadership potential, and maturity based on previous work or volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, and recommendations. Applicants must submit a resume and personal statement. GRE scores are only needed if the applicant seeks a graduate assistantship. Students enter the program in the fall.
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus
PennState World Campus, the online arm of Penn State, has a Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics that allows students to take a business analytics option. Content in this degree program comes from four colleges across the university. The curriculum requires students to complete 30 credits, including nine credits in core curriculum, nine required credits in the business analytics option, and nine credits in electives. All candidates must complete a three-credit capstone experience. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher during their junior and senior years. Applicants must submit official transcripts, GRE or GMAT scores, a letter of reference, resume, and a statement of purpose.
Quinnipiac University offers a completely online program leading to a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Students who complete the program also earn a Certificate in Business Analytics Using SAS. The 33-credit program requires students to earn 24 credits in core courses covering topics such as predictive modeling, data management, data warehousing, data mining, text mining, and data visualization. Students take three electives and can choose courses in topics such as insurance analytics, web analytics, or project management. Students are also required to complete a capstone project in which they use their knowledge to analyze a business challenge and provide solutions. Online students may start the program in the fall or spring semester. Applicants to the program are required to have degree in a quantitatively oriented field, such as math, statistics, computer science, accounting, finance, engineering, actuarial science, economics, or the natural sciences. Work experience with statistics and analytics is highly recommended.
Saint Joseph's University
St. Joseph's University offers an entirely online program leading to a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (MSBIA). Graduates of the program also receive a Business Intelligence Certificate from SAS Inc. The 30-credit program includes classes in database management, enterprise data, business process modeling and analysis, data mining, and predictive analytics. In the capstone course, students write a thesis document that demonstrates and enhances their ability to communicate their analysis and recommendations to decision-makers. Courses for the online MSBIA program are delivered in six eight-week sessions during the year, and students may enter the program in January, May, or September. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college where they maintained a GPA of at least 2.5. St. Joseph's MSBIA is home to the International Journal of Business Intelligence Research, a peer-reviewed publication that focuses on the latest findings in the field.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
St. Mary's University of Minnesota has a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics that students can complete entirely online, with no requirement to go to campus. The courses in this program are application based, and students learn R or Python, with the option to learn both. Students work with real-time data sets provided by partner companies and get professional feedback at three points during the program. The curriculum requires 36 credits, including a capstone project. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, but the program does not seek a specific undergraduate degree. Applicants must submit official transcripts, personal statement, resume, and two references. Students may start the program in any semester. Courses use an asynchronous format.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has an online accelerated MBA program that offers an emphasis in data analytics. Students can earn their MBA in 18 months or less, and while they are in the program they will gain skills they can immediately apply in their current job. Online classes are taught by practicing professionals in areas such as international operations management, corporate finance, and quantitative decision making. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester, and there is no requirement to attend any courses on campus. Students can complete their capstone project at the location of their choosing. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.75.
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University has an online program leading to a Master of Science in Marketing with a concentration in marketing research and analytics. The curriculum focuses on practical application of quantitative tools and techniques. Applicants who do not have a background in marketing may be required to take foundation classes. A course in statistics is a prerequisite or can be taken as a foundation course. Students may be able to complete the degree in as few as 15 months. Courses are delivered in 10-week terms, and class content is asynchronous and available 24/7. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but there is no requirement for GRE or GMAT scores. SNHU allows graduate students to enter at five points during the year.
Texas A & M University-College Station
The Master of Science in Analytics program at Texas A&M University is a part-time program designed for working professionals whose employer will support them by supplying a large dataset related to an organizational problem, which the student will use for a capstone project. The curriculum requires 36 credits, including eight core courses, two electives, a practicum, and a special project. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but the program does not list a desired undergraduate major. However, the program has a prerequisite of at least one college-level statistics course completed with an A or B. Applicants should have at least three years of experience. GRE waivers are available. Classes are held on weekday evenings, and students can complete the degree in five semesters.
The University of Alabama
Students interested in combining advanced marketing and data analytics can earn a Master of Science in Marketing with a specialization in Marketing Analytics from the University of Alabama. The 33-credit program is delivered completely online with no requirements for any campus visits. The program is designed for professionals with experience at the manager, administrator or supervisor level; it is also appropriate for some military personnel. The curriculum combines marketing courses with courses in statistical methods, statistical data management, and data mining. Marketing courses cover topics such as global business, global marketing management, marketing analysis, and import/export strategy. To earn the master's degree, students must also complete a capstone project. Applicants to the program should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3 and should have passed Calculus 1 with at least a B. The University of Alabama may accept up to six hours of transfer credit.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers an online Professional MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics. The program consists of eight core classes in topics such as financial accounting, business law and ethics, financial management, organizational behavior, marketing management, and strategic management. The four courses in business analytics cover topics such as databases and data warehouses, advanced queries and business reports, data mining, and advanced data analytics. Students can complete the program in as little as 16 to 24 months. Applicants to the program should have a 2.7 undergraduate GPA, although students who don't meet that requirement may be considered for the program if they have three years of consecutive professional work experience and exceed specific scores on the GMAT or GRE. UTC offers a variety of scholarships for online Professional MBA students, including a military scholarship, merit scholarship, and affiliate partner scholarship for students who meet specific criteria.
Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University offers a completely online accelerated MBA program that allows students to earn an MBA in Data Analytics. The 39-credit program can be completed in about 18 months. The college has six terms per year and courses run in eight-week sessions. Students may enter the MBA program in January, May or September. Students are required to earn 15 credits in core courses such as financial management, strategic operations management, and global strategic management. Data Analytics majors also take courses in managerial statistics, business forecasting, predictive analytics, and data analytics and visualization fieldwork. Some classes may occasionally require students to log in and participate at a set time. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 and two years of related professional or managerial work experience. Prerequisite classes include financial accounting, microeconomics, and statistics; a preparatory program covering those classes is available.
University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of Alabama in Huntsville offers an online program leading to a Master of Science in Management Science-Business Analytics. Full-time students can complete the 30-credit program in a year, and students can enter the program in any semester. Applicants can have a bachelor's degree in any field. However, they must show they have basic skills in statistical analysis and in using a computer either before entering the program or as part of the curriculum for the degree. Students in the program take four core courses in management science, four in business analytics, and two electives. Management science courses cover topics such as foundations of accounting, quantitative methods, SVY modeling and simulation, and decision modeling. Business analytics classes include data management and data mining, business intelligence, and a capstone project in which students apply their skills to a real world business problem presented by a local organization. Online students may have a more limited choice of electives than on-campus students.
University of Kansas
The University of Kansas has an online Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Analytics with two options for an area of emphasis: data analytics or statistics. This 30-credit program includes five core classes, two classes in the emphasis area, and three electives. All candidates must pass the Applied Masters Comprehensive Exam to complete their degree. Applicants should have a 3.0 or higher GPA for their bachelor's degree. Students with a lower GPA may receive provisional admission. Students who enter the program must have received a B or higher in two semesters of calculus and must be proficient in a programming language, either through classwork or work experience. GRE scores are required. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
University of Maryland-College Park
The University of Maryland in College Park offers an online MBA program with a specialization in Information Systems and Business Analytics that focuses on managing and analyzing data and implementing information systems. The program requires two residencies. The opening residency is a three-day, on-campus program where students meet their faculty and classmates and get started in the program. The closing residency focuses on a capstone business experience. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months while continuing to work. Most classes are presented in an asynchronous format, although some classes may require live online videoconferencing. Classes in the specialization cover topics such as data analytics, managing digital businesses and platforms, and social media and web analytics. Students in the online program have access to a variety of career services including career coaching, access to the Smith School of Business online job database and recruiting system, and interview training.
University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix offers an online Master of Information Systems with Graduate Business Analytics Certificate (MIS/BA). The certificate option allows students to take career-focused courses earlier in the program, enabling them to earn an industry certification recognized by employers. Coursework aligns with both the Siebel CRM 8 Business Analyst Expert certification exam and the SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst certification exam. The University of Phoenix's College of Information Systems and Technology uses simulations and hands-on lab activities as part of its classwork. To earn the MIS/BA, students must complete at least 42 credits. Required coursework includes classes in IT infrastructure, enterprise models, systems analysis, data relationship management, analytic programming, and statistical business analytics. The University of Phoenix requires applicants to the master's program to have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university while maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5.
University of South Dakota
Students in the online MBA program at the University of South Dakota can specialize in business analytics. The degree requires students to complete 27 credits in core MBA classes and 12 credits in the specialization. Students who do not have an academic background in business may be required to take up to 21 credits in foundation courses before they begin the MBA classes. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college but it can be in any discipline. Application packets must include official transcripts from all colleges attended, three recommendations, a resume, a statement of purpose, and GMAT scores. GMAT waivers are offered to students who graduated from an AACSB-accredited school or who had a undergraduate or graduate GPA of at least 3.25.
University of St Francis
The University of St. Francis offers an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics that can be completed fully online. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester and may take classes on a full-time or part-time basis. Students can complete the program in 12 months by taking four classes per semester (two classes per module, with two modules in a semester) for three straight semesters. USF allows students to begin taking classes in the concentration as soon as they enter the program, and classes focus on experiential learning such as case studies and team projects. The business analytics curriculum includes coursework in business forecasting and econometrics, enterprise resource computing, data mining, and business intelligence and analytics. Applicants to the MBA program should have a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75. They should also have two years of full-time experience in a management position.
University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, has an online option for its MSc Business Analysis & Consulting program. Students can complete the master's program in 26 months via the distance learning option. A shorter diploma program is also available. The MSc program requires students to complete six core courses and three electives. Candidates also take on case studies and projects presented by major organizations. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent of a second-class Honours degree). Preferred fields of undergraduate study include economics, business, engineering, or the social sciences, but students with other undergraduate degrees may apply. Applicants should have basic math skills, but an advanced math background is not required.
Villanova University offers a completely online Master of Science in Analytics that can be completed in as little as 20 months. The program is designed for working professionals, and most class sessions are offered in an asynchronous format for maximum flexibility. The 33-credit program covers all aspect of analytics, from data collection and analysis to using the information to plan and implement actions. As part of the program, students complete a practicum capstone project that requires them to apply their knowledge to a business problem. The curriculum includes 10 core and foundation classes plus the capstone. Each semester has two terms, and students take one or two classes per term. The ideal candidate for the program has a technical and quantitative background or experience in a job that requires data analysis or similar skills. Applicants must have passed an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics with at least a B.
West Virginia University
West Virginia University has introduced a Master of Science in Business Data Analytics that online students can complete in 12 months. Students complete courses in topics such as business intelligence, ethics and data collection, data management, statistical methods, data mining, decision science, business simulation modeling, and data visualization. The 30-credit program also includes a capstone business analytics practicum. The program is designed for students who have a technical or quantitative background, such as an undergraduate degree in engineering, math, statistics, computer science, economics, or a business discipline. Professional experience in a related area, such as data mining or warehousing, computer science, web analytics, or business intelligence will also be considered during the admission process. Students in the online program have access to all services offered by the College of Business and Economics' Center for Career Development, including the ability to participate in on-campus interviews with employment recruiters via phone or Skype.
Western Governors University
Students in Western Governors University's online Master of Science in Data Analytics earn three industry-recognized certifications as part of their studies. The certifications are Oracle SQL Expert, SAS Certified Base Programmer, and SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst. The degree requires students to complete 32 credits, including a capstone project. WGU uses a competency-based model that may allow some students to progress through the program more quickly. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school and must show they have some experience in data analysis. Evidence could include a degree in a field such as systems engineering, information systems, data management, computer science, statistics, or math. Other acceptable evidence includes at least three years of recent, relevant work experience and certain professional certifications.